Samuel Pape is an associate in Latham & Watkins' London office. He is a solicitor advocate and member of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice. He advises on international arbitration, public international law, and complex litigation in England and overseas.

Mr. Pape is recognized as a Rising Star Lawyer by Legal 500 and a Future Leader in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal 2022. He is also recognized as one of London’s brightest stars in arbitration in Legal Business’ 2022 Disputes Yearbook.

He has appeared as a trial advocate in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. His experience includes representing companies and sovereigns across a range of industry sectors including energy and natural resources, banking, private equity, telecommunications, and aviation.

His cases have included disputes concerning joint ventures, post M&A matters, company law, banking law, ESG issues, public international law, and human rights law. His arbitration experience also includes acting as tribunal secretary in ICC proceedings.

In addition to his arbitration practice, Mr. Pape has experience acting in international commercial litigation, including complex commercial disputes, transnational tort class actions, and company law litigation. Clients have also turned to Mr. Pape as a trusted source of advice for managing exposure and commercial risk in times of crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Pape is a Representative for Europe & Russia on the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum. He is also managing editor of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review. He is frequently invited to lecture and to chair conferences or panels on subjects relating to international arbitration.

Mr. Pape’s experience includes representing:

  • A state-owned oil company in defending a US$1 billion HKIAC arbitration concerning alleged events of default under a loan agreement
  • A syndicate of banks in an LCIA arbitration enforcing equity support and completion guarantees
  • A supplier of aircraft engine components in an ICC arbitration against an aircraft engine manufacturer
  • A technology company in an ICC arbitration against a key supplier concerning a tortious conspiracy and the non-conformity of products with contractual specification
  • The Republic of Colombia in three ICSID arbitrations under the Canada – Colombia Free Trade Agreement relating to the adoption of regulatory measures in the gold mining sector intended to protect páramo (moorland) ecosystems
  • The Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration against a mining company under the Canada – Colombia Free Trade Agreement relating to the alleged failure to protect a mining concession from illegal mining activities
  • Mason Capital Management, a privately owned hedge fund sponsor, in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Korea under the US - Korea Free Trade Agreement
  • Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in their defense of transnational human rights and environmental litigations
  • An aircraft leasing company in claims against the manufacturer of aircraft in relation to defects in the design of aircraft
  • A leading mining company on high value shareholder rights and environmental issues arising from projects in Latin America
  • A UK property development group in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Mauritius
  • A sovereign party in an investor-State dispute concerning a bank rescue program 
  • A national oil company in a range of complex PSC, JOA, and supply disputes valued in the multiple billions of dollars

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law, 2010
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, 2009
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford, 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French